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Giants' ride another stellar start from Hudson, defeat Padres 3-2

  • Tim Hudson throws against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning on Wednesday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Hudson and Sergio Romo combined on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Hudson (4-1) struck out six and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time in five starts this season. The Giants' most consistent starter in his first season with the club, Hudson has walked two batters in 46 innings.

The three-time All-Star was one pitch from recording his first shutout in nearly two years before Yasmani Grandal's two-out home run in the ninth.

Brandon Hicks homered and Michael Morse drove in his team-leading 20th RBI for the Giants, who finished 5-1 on their homestand.

Cameron Maybin doubled and scored for San Diego, which has lost 10 consecutive series at AT&T Park.

Hudson allowed only one runner past second base until Grandal's home run in the ninth, and had two stretches where he retired nine straight batters.

The right-hander helped his cause at the plate with a single in the second and a key sacrifice bunt in the seventh that put the eventual winning run in scoring position.

Hudson has pitched at least seven innings in each of his six starts this season, the longest streak by a San Francisco pitcher in his first year with the club since Livan Hernandez's six-game stretch in 2002.

Hudson was sharp early and needed only 19 pitches to retire the first seven batters. After giving up a one-out single to Jace Peterson in the third, the three-time All-Star struck out San Diego pitcher Robbie Erlin and Everth Cabrera.

The only other hits the Padres managed came on a two-out double by Grandal in the fourth, a single by Jedd Gyorko in the seventh and a leadoff double by Maybin in the eighth. Maybin scored on Alexi Amarista's groundout.

The Giants, playing without leadoff hitter Angel Pagan and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, backed Hudson with just enough offense. Every starter except leadoff man Juan Perez had at least one hit.

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